As some of you will know I am more of a lip liner girl than a lipstick or lip gloss girl. I just feel like lip liner’s last so much longer and I can really shape my lips nicely. However, on the odd occasion I do like to experiment. I fell in love with Nyx’s butter glosses and they have become one of my holy grail lip products. Majority of the time I do prefer a more matte look than glossy. So when I heard about Mac’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick’s I just had to try them.
When testing out a new product, I always pick a lighter-everyday shade along with a dark sexy shade. Mademoiselle and Oh, Lady were perfect picks for the testing phase. Before I let you in on my thoughts, I wanted to tell you a little about the new range. There are 15 gorgeous shades to choose from. From nude to vampy. For those of you that are not very familiar with liquid lipsticks, here are a few quick facts:
The packaging of the liquid lipsticks are typical Mac. Simple and classy. It has the lid of their lipsticks and the bottom is just like their glosses, transparent so you are able to see the shade.
And now onto my thoughts. Are the Retro Matte liquid lipsticks totally fetch or is it just not happening?
I decided to first try out the Mademoiselle first. This is a rather bright coral color. I was slightly taken back by just how bright it looked on me, but it slowly started to grow on me. I sadly found that once the product had dried, that it was rather flaky and my lips aren’t dry. I left it to dry and applied a second application. It seemed to have helped the situation but I wasn’t over the moon about the end result. The lipstick dried very matte and it wasn’t planning on going anywhere. It did last a really long time and it was hard to remove, i’ll give it that. The long wear however doesn’t make up for the fact that my lips didn’t look kissable. I decided to try again. This time I took a lip liner and applied it all over my lips and then applied the liquid lipstick. This seemed to have helped quite a bit, it is almost like the lip liner created a barrier between my lips and the liquid lipstick. If you are having similar issues to me, see if the lip liner helps.
As you can tell in the above picture, my lips appear cracked. I think the expression on my face says it all – not impressed. I never give up though, I will figure out a way to make this color work.
Moving onto Oh, Lady. After trying Mademoiselle, I was a little skeptical about trying Oh, Lady. To my surprise, I freaken LOVED this one. No flaky nonsense. The product glided on beautifully, it’s so pigmented that a second coat would be a waste of product – a crime in actual fact. It’s a deep and seductive color. It dried so nicely. Matte perfection. Long wear – check! Transferable – nope! Wiping off – pretty darn difficult! In the 3 odd hours before I touched up, I had eaten and had something to drink and it hadn’t moved. Pretty impressive if you ask me. I felt like a vixen with it on.
Yaaaaassssssss. Totally feeling this one. Work it sista!
I’m in two minds about it. I honestly would not recommend this to anyone with fine lines, super dry or cracked lips. For those of you that are total lovers of Liquid Lipsticks and struggle with dry lips, I would suggest try prepping your lips before the application. Exfoliate and moisturize and see if that holds. Mixing a bit of sugar and coconut oil creates a great scrub. Am I crazy for the Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick range… not really. I feel that the darker shades result are MUCH better than the lighter. And it saddens me to say that because I really had high hopes for it. As much as I love Oh, Lady, I’d have to say that the final verdict is:
Fetch. Not TOTALLY fetch, just fetch.
The liquid lipsticks go for R330.00.
What are your thoughts on the Mac Retro Liquid Lipsticks? Have you tried any of the shades? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Have a fabulous day!